The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, as seen from the Naqsh-i Jahan Square - construction of this mosque started in 1603 and was finished in 1619

The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, as seen from the Naqsh-i Jahan Square - construction of this mosque started in 1603 and was finished in 1619

Entrance door to the mosque is on right side, to the left is the door of Isfahan Grand Bazaar - mosque was the first structure  to be built in the Naqsh-i Jahan Square of Isfahan

Entrance door to the mosque is on right side, to the left is the door of Isfahan Grand Bazaar - mosque was the first structure to be built in the Naqsh-i Jahan Square of Isfahan

Tile work on the exterior of the mosque - this mosque doesn't have minarets or the courtyard - one reason for that was that it was a royal mosque

Tile work on the exterior of the mosque - this mosque doesn't have minarets or the courtyard - one reason for that was that it was a royal mosque

Entry portal of the mosque - this mosque was built during the reign of Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty

Entry portal of the mosque - this mosque was built during the reign of Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty

Wooden door of the mosque is left side and a corridor leads to the main prayer hall of the mosque - this mosque was mainly used by the ladies of the royal harem

Wooden door of the mosque is left side and a corridor leads to the main prayer hall of the mosque - this mosque was mainly used by the ladies of the royal harem

This corridor like passage winds round and round, until one finally reaches the prayer hall

This corridor like passage winds round and round, until one finally reaches the prayer hall

Creation of the calligraphy and tiles was overseen by Master calligrapher Ali Reza Abbasi

Creation of the calligraphy and tiles was overseen by Master calligrapher Ali Reza Abbasi

Inside the prayer hall, walls are covered with blue, yellow, turquoise and white tiles with intricate arabesque patterns

Inside the prayer hall, walls are covered with blue, yellow, turquoise and white tiles with intricate arabesque patterns

Mehrab of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

Mehrab of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

Islamic calligraphy beside the mehrab area

Islamic calligraphy beside the mehrab area

The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is viewed by historians and visitors as one of the most important architectural projects built on Isfahan’s maydan, prominent for its location, scale, design, and ornamen

The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is viewed by historians and visitors as one of the most important architectural projects built on Isfahan’s maydan, prominent for its location, scale, design, and ornamen

The dome of the mosque is 13 m in diamete and it is richly decorated

The dome of the mosque is 13 m in diamete and it is richly decorated

If one stands at the entrance gate of the inner hall and look at the center of the dome it resembles to a peacock

If one stands at the entrance gate of the inner hall and look at the center of the dome it resembles to a peacock

This drainage hole lies in the middle of the main hall - it is used to drain the water after cleaning the floor of the mosque

This drainage hole lies in the middle of the main hall - it is used to drain the water after cleaning the floor of the mosque

Iran is famous fot its tile work and this mosque is one of the finest example

Iran is famous fot its tile work and this mosque is one of the finest example

Once inside, one can marvel at the complexity of the mosaics that adorn the walls and the extraordinarily beauty

Once inside, one can marvel at the complexity of the mosaics that adorn the walls and the extraordinarily beauty

The shafts of sunlight that filter in through the few high, latticed windows produce a constantly changing interplay of light and shadow

The shafts of sunlight that filter in through the few high, latticed windows produce a constantly changing interplay of light and shadow

Fine details of the motifs and tile work

Fine details of the motifs and tile work

Leading out of the main prayer hall in the corridor

Leading out of the main prayer hall in the corridor

Decorative details of the external walls of the mosque

Decorative details of the external walls of the mosque

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque seen through an arch of the Isfahan Grand Bazaar

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque seen through an arch of the Isfahan Grand Bazaar